- It's a little too late according to the DA's interim leader after further relaxation of Covid-19 regulations
- John Steenhuisen slammed President Cyril Ramaphosa's decision to wait for so long before 'opening up the economy'
- Opposition parties have had different reactions to the relaxation of lockdown regulations
DA interim leader John Steenhuisen has criticised the latest lockdown relaxation by President Cyril Ramaphosa, saying it's a little too late to save millions of jobs.
BusinessTech reported that Ramaphosa announced a further relaxation of the lockdown regulations and allowing even greater economic activities.
In what is not quite Level 2, Ramaphosa announced a reopening of various industries such as personal care services, restaurants for sit-down meals, casinos, cinemas, theatres and accommodation (excluding AirBnB).
Reacting to this, Steenhuisen said Ramaphosa seemed to have finally realised the economic devastation the lockdown has had on South Africans, reported SowetanLIVE.
"It is unclear at which level of the lockdown we now find ourselves – not that it makes much difference, as the lockdown is now de facto ended. But this ending comes too late to save thousands of businesses and millions of jobs."
Steenhuisen said the world's longest lockdown was killing the economy and causing misery for millions of South Africans.
The DA has been very critical of the lockdown and its regulations, believing it would cause more damage to the economy. The DA went as far as taking the government to court over some of the regulations.
Briefly.co.za reported that Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma was due in court after the DA took the legal route, asking for the opening up of personal care services.
Opposition parties have held different views towards lockdown. The IFP criticised Ramaphosa, saying the reopening was based on political considerations and court challenges instead of epidemiological data and medical facts.
UDM leader Bantu Holomisa welcomed the balancing of trying to save the economy while also saving lives.
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